InDesign How-To: Applying Paragraph Formatting

This article is excerpted from "Real World Adobe InDesign CS."

At the heart of any good page layout is formatting and perhaps none is more critical than paragraph formatting. Bad indents, careless alignment, tight line-spacing, misused tabs — all these combine to disrupt page harmony.

Thankfully, Adobe InDesign gives you a full complement of controls to apply to paragraphs. You’ll find the basics such as alignment, indents, tabs, hyphenation, drop caps,
and so on, But InDesign CS also offers such whizzy features as hanging indents, multi-line composition, and — best of all — nested styles, which let you apply multiple styles to a block of text with one click.

In this excerpt from "Real World InDesign CS," layout maestros Olav Martin Kvern and David Blatner take you inside InDesign’s paragraph-formatting controls .

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Excerpted from "Real World InDesign CS" © 2004 Olav Martin Kvern and David Blatner. Reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Peachpit Press. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Posted on: November 10, 2004

David Blatner

David Blatner is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Real World InDesign, Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe From Infinitesimal to Infinity, and The Joy of Pi. He is also the author of InDesign Essential Training and the InDesign Insider Training titles at David is the co-host of InDesignSecrets and PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference, and is the co-founder of Creative Publishing Network.

1 Comment on InDesign How-To: Applying Paragraph Formatting

  1. Can anyone suggest why the icons at the top of the screen (mms up or down) don’t work every time? Baffled! Any suggestions very welcome

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